October 8th, 2015
09:21 AM ET

CNN Announces The Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2015




Continuing its annual tradition of recognizing everyday people who are changing the world, Anderson Cooper revealed the 2015 Top 10 CNN Heroes this morning on CNN's New Day.

CNN Heroes, now in its ninth year, celebrates individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others. This year’s Top 10 will be honored at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. The Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated telecast airs on Sunday, December 6th, at 8:00 p.m. ET on CNN U.S., and will be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Español.

Voting to select the ‘CNN Hero of the Year’ began immediately following this morning’s announcement. Fans of each of the Top 10 Heroes can show their support by voting for the hero that inspires them most."In our ninth year, I am heartened to know the world hasn't run out of Heroes,” said Kelly Flynn, creator and senior executive producer of CNN Heroes. “We continue to be humbled by their work, and honored to be telling their stories."

The 2015 Honorees are:

  • Bhagwati Agrawal (Vienna, VA) Bhagwati Agrawal’s organization, Sustainable Innovations, has created a rainwater harvesting system that provides water to more than 10,000 people in six drought-stricken villages in India.
  • Kim Carter (San Bernardino, CA) Kim Carter cycled in and out of prison and homelessness. Today, her nonprofit, Time for Change Foundation, helps homeless women reclaim their lives.
  • Maggie Doyne (Mendham, NJ) After traveling in war-torn Nepal in 2006, Maggie Doyne changed her life’s course. Today, she and her nonprofit, Blink Now Foundation, care for and educate hundreds of children.
  • Jody Farley-Berens (Scottsdale, AZ) Jody Farley-Berens co-founded Singleton Moms to support single moms battling cancer. The group provides housecleaning, meals and financial aid to more than 300 parents in Arizona.
  • Sean Gobin (Charlottesville, VA) Sean Gobin’s organization, Warrior Hike, helps combat veterans connect with nature and process issues, as they “walk off the war” on the Appalachian Trail.
  • Daniel Ivankovich (Glenview, IL) Since 2010, Dr. Daniel Ivankovich and his organization, One Patient Global Health Initiative, have treated more than 100,000 uninsured or underinsured patients in Chicago’s troubled neighborhoods.
  • Richard Joyner (Conetoe, NC) Richard Joyner is encouraging healthier lifestyles in the rural town of Conetoe, NC, by helping young people grow 50,000 pounds of fresh food a year with his non-profit Conetoe Family Life Center.
  • Monique Pool (Suriname) Since 2005, Monique Pool and Green Heritage Fund Suriname have rescued, rehabilitated and released more than 600 sloths and other animals to the rainforest in Suriname.
  • Rochelle Ripley (Glastonbury, CT) Rochelle Ripley and her nonprofit, hawkwing, provide healthcare and education opportunities to the Lakota people in South Dakota.
  • Jim Withers (Pittsburgh, PA) Dr. Jim Withers and his group, Operation Safety Net, bring medical care to the homeless on Pittsburgh’s streets. Since 1992, they have reached more than 10,000 individuals and helped more than 1,200 of them transition into housing.


Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN Heroes
CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° Breaks News About Teens And Social Media In Provocative Two-Year Long Investigation
September 10th, 2015
03:29 PM ET

CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° Breaks News About Teens And Social Media In Provocative Two-Year Long Investigation



Are tweens addicted to their phones? How does social media intensify the emotional roller coaster ride of Junior High? And most importantly, how is plugging in changing growing up? These are just some of the questions that inspired CNN’sgroundbreaking investigation and scientific pilot study, “#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens.”

To discover the controversial world that middle school kids live in today, Anderson Cooper 360° focused its lens on the place where teens spend so much time together – social media. Hundreds of 8th graders across the country agreed, with the consent of their parents and schools, to allow child development experts to follow their posts on Instagram, twitter and Facebook over six months. 150,000 posts later, all of the good, bad and ugly that kids experience online was revealed in technicolor. Parents and teens also completed in-depth surveys about social media’s impact on families. In partnership with child psychologist Dr. Marion Underwood and sociologist Dr. Robert Faris, CNN’s “#Being13” is the first large scale study to analyze what kids say to each other on social media and why it matters so deeply to them.


Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN
CNN Receives 14 News And Documemtary Emmy Nominations
July 22nd, 2015
03:59 PM ET

CNN Receives 14 News And Documemtary Emmy Nominations

CNN received 14 nominations for the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, it was announced today. CNN’s diverse nominations encompass television programming, newsgathering, digital, and Spanish-language, and include:

Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

Ÿ Rescue from Mt. Sinjar, reported by Elise Labott, Barbara Starr, Ivan Watson, anchor Wolf Blitzer

Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Anderson Cooper 360

Ÿ Crisis At The VA, Veterans Dying While Waiting For Care, reported by Drew Griffin

Ÿ Theme Parks Investigation, reported by Kyra Phillips


CNN to Provide Live Coverage of the State of the Union Address and the Republican Response
January 16th, 2015
11:52 AM ET

CNN to Provide Live Coverage of the State of the Union Address and the Republican Response

Relaunched CNN.com to Host Live Expert Analysis and Interactive Features throughout the Evening

Live from Washington, anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, beginning at 7p.m. CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront will kick off the evening’s coverage live from Capitol Hill. 

The Republican response, delivered by Sen. Joni Ernst (IA), will follow the President’s address.

Throughout the evening, news and commentary will be provided by Gloria Borger, John King, Michael Smerconish, along with the network’s political contributors. Jim Acosta will provide updates from the White House and Dana Bash will report live from the halls of the U.S. Capitol. Tom Foreman will offer a reality check of the President’s remarks live from the virtual studio. The entire evening’s analysis can also be viewed at CNN.com/go by logging in through a cable or satellite provider.

The freshly redesigned CNN.com and mobile app will concurrently host enterprise analysis and live coverage of the evening, including a social stream on CNNPolitics.com with commentary and interactive gaming. CNN’s social media accounts will engage with viewers using the #CNNSOTU hashtag, and Peter Hamby’s Hambycast will stream live on CNN.com beginning at 8:30 p.m.


Anderson Cooper & Robin Meade Profile 2014’s Extraordinary People
December 15th, 2014
11:27 AM ET

Anderson Cooper & Robin Meade Profile 2014’s Extraordinary People

CNN Special Report Airs Tuesday, Dec. 16th at 9pmET/PT

As the year comes to a close, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and HLN’s Robin Meade will take a look back at the inspiring stories of five notable people – some famous, some not – who did extraordinary things in 2014. From the Canadian Sergeant-at-Arms who stopped a gunman to an Ebola nurse to an NBA MVP, the CNN Special Report Extraordinary People will touch on 2014’s most talked about events and the remarkable people behind them.

The hour-long special will also feature CNN Anchor Don Lemon and CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen who sit-down with two of the five extraordinary people profiled, including: FULL POST

December 11th, 2014
04:18 PM ET

.@andersoncooper & @kathygriffin Back to Co-Host CNN’s New Year’s Eve Coverage

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Back to Co-Host CNN’s New Year’s Eve Coverage

Live from Times Square Beginning at 9 p.m. ET

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will co-host CNN’s coverage of New Year’s Eve celebrations on Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (ET). Back for their 8th consecutive year, Cooper and Griffin will ring in the New Year live from NYC’s Time Square for CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin.”

Asked about how he is preparing for the evening, Cooper remarked, "I've given up asking Kathy to watch what she says. There's no point. I'm just hoping for the best."   Kathy Griffin added, "I'm sorry to report Anderson Cooper will not be my attaché for New Year's Eve this year on CNN. His vulgarity and crossing the line humor has proven to be too much for my virgin ears."   Cooper and Griffin will appear along with CNN correspondents who will provide reports from celebrations across the country and around the world, including London, Moscow, Beijing and Calcutta. Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon will be live from New Orleans LA, Pamela Brown from Memphis, TN, Gary Tuchman will cover the Crab Drop in Easton,MD and Richard Quest will be on a cruise ship off the Bahamas.   Leading up to “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” will be “All the Best, All the Worst 2014,” an Anderson Cooper 360° special airing at 8 p.m. (ET). The one hour special hosted by Tom Foreman will count down to 2015 by shining a spotlight on the highlights and lowlights of the past twelve months in politics, pop culture, the economy, and entertainment.   At 12:30 a.m (ET), Anderson and Kathy will hand off to Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon who will be counting down as the Central Time Zone rings in the new year.

About CNN CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.  Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media.  Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world.  CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.


Topics: Anderson Cooper
December 7th, 2014
12:33 PM ET

5 Inspiring Reasons To Watch CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN Heroes
December 1st, 2014
04:02 PM ET

CNN Films Launches DINOSAUR 13: A Live Webcast for Schools – hosted by Scholastic

Teachers Can Register Now for the Live CNN Films: DINOSAUR 13 Webcast with

CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper, to be Held December 5, 2014 at 1:00pmET

When a team of paleontologists near Faith, South Dakota, began collecting the bones of a dinosaur in August of 1990, they were surprised to find that they’d stumbled upon a rarity: a virtually complete, articulated skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex. CNN Films and Lionsgate will air a documentary about the discovery and the subsequent controversy surrounding it on CNN on December 11 at 9 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET. To provide context and provoke classroom discourse about the DINOSAUR 13 documentary before the telecast, CNN Films is presenting a live webcast for high school students on December 5 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Teachers can register for the DINOSAUR 13: A LIVE WEBCAST, to be moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and hosted by Scholastic, at www.scholastic.com/dinosaur13. FULL POST

November 19th, 2014
12:12 AM ET

Pen Farthing of Tiverton, England is the 2014 CNN Hero of The Year

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute Hosted by Anderson Cooper Airs Sunday, December 7 at 8PM ET

Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marine Sergeant, who reunites soldiers with the stray dogs they befriend while serving in Afghanistan, was named the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year by Anderson Cooper at the eighth-annual CNN Heroes An All-Star Tribute.

Farthing’s nonprofit Nowzad Dogs, has helped nearly 700 soldiers from eight countries.

“I would really like to thank everybody who voted for Nowzad Charity and [for supporting] what we do in Afghanistan and for believing in us,” Farthing said while accepting his award. FULL POST

Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN • CNN Heroes • CNN Press Releases
Celebrity Lineup for 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute airs globally on Sunday, December 7, 2014
November 14th, 2014
09:57 AM ET

Celebrity Lineup for 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Airing Sunday, December 7 at 8 PM ET: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Leguizamo, Taye Diggs, Christina Hendricks, Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin, Rosie Perez, Morgan Spurlock and Questlove 

Musical Performances by Trisha Yearwood and Sheryl Crow 

Quvenzhané Wallis, Nick Jonas, and Tyler James Williams Present Young Wonder Awards

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of The Imitation Game, John Leguizamo, star of Fugly!, Taye Diggs, star of Murder in the First, Christina Hendricks, star of Mad Men, Kelly Ripa, host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Kathy Griffin, award-winning comedienne, and Rosie Perez, co-host of The View, will present at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper. The star-studded tribute airs Sunday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET, from The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Morgan Spurlock, acclaimed filmmaker and star of CNN Original Series Inside Man, and Questlove, drummer for The Roots, executive producer of new music show SoundClash and member of The Tonight Show house band are also presenting in this year’s show. FULL POST

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